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Getting a 3D Body Scan to Create Your Virtual Avatar?

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Not such a long time ago, the thought of seeing someone who is thousands of miles away and talking to them in real-time sounded like something out of a sci-fi novel. Nowadays, many conference calls and meetings are held via Skype or some similar platforms, this is a completely ordinary thing. Now, try explaining this to a regular grandma, well I am pretty sure she would think that there is some sorcery involved.

On the other hand, we who think of ourselves as tech-conscious individuals, must realize that the time in which we will be vividly represented by our 3D virtual avatar is not that far away, as one might prematurely think. If you aren’t yet aware, the real-time rendering can get so real that it becomes scary. You should MEETMIKE.

Firstly, you will be getting a 3D body scan, which then enables you to create your virtual avatar, as accurately as possible. And it’s not just talk, there are people working really hard on making this possible right now, so let’s check out what currently yours most sophisticated virtual avatars would look like!

Metapixel Can Create your Virtual Avatar

Metapixel is a a 3D scanning and VR studio based in Brighton, UK, and they excel at photorealistic 3D face and body scanning. Basically, you are getting into the camera rig, which looks like a portal to another dimension, surrounded by over 100 cameras, which are mounted to the rig.

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The company developed their own software called Capturing Reality, which then does the harder part of the job – processing the images. After checking each photo for errors it “stitches” them back together. This creates a single 3D body scan.

The company has come a long way, and drown a lot of attention in a short amount of time, considering they have set up their first camera rig in 2015 with only about 30 cameras. Today, the virtual avatar Metapixel creates, is a next-to-perfect replica of your appearance, The company is works hard on bringing the 360 degree rendered images to life using their animation software.

Practical Virtual Avatar Applications

We can expect that in relatively near future, with the development of virtual avatar creation software, some new opportunities in social networking and communication will arise. The arrival of a mass-scale virtual-chatroom of some kind is almost inevitable.

The application of virtual avatars, which could save millions for online clothes shopping businesses, could be made available today. This is just what Hewlett Packard Enterprise had shown when they brought together 3 different companies, in order to simulate what you see in the image below, basically a virtual dressing room.

Doob Group brought 3D full body scanner to the party, from which point Quantum Matrix took over with their Quantum Human software, providing the raw power needed to create a fully rendered 3D body scan. Korean developers Physan took care of creating lifelike designer clothes in exact measurements, and how they would fold and fit over the 3D virtual avatar.

For the online clothes selling industry, which gets over 20% items returned due to ill-suited merchandise, similar software could save millions.

Imagine all the other possibilities once 3D body scanning becomes the staple of virtual reality!

The Best VR Video Players

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Virtual-reality has been taking home entertainment to a completely new level when it comes to gaming. It has also been pushing the limits of viewers’ experience. Watching live sports events in VR is becoming ever more popular.

In the NBA 2016/2017 season, we have already seen the league officials teaming up with NextVR to provide live coverage and also VODs of about dozen games. Additionally, VR TV shows and movies shot with 3D 360 degree technology are becoming more and more prevalent. Therefore, a simple yet effective VR Video Players are now a necessity.

Simple VR Video Player

Living up to its name, Simple VR Video player brings an easy and intuitive UI with emphasis on motion controllers, meaning it is keyboard & mouse free. You navigate the UI by simple pointing and dragging, customizing size of the screen and distance.

While the main goal of the software is to enable the easy and enjoyable 3D/180/360 viewers’ experience for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, at has two great advanced features that may enhance the overall impression.

Super Sampling Resolutions provides higher quality and cleaner rendered images, and can be fine tuned in real time. Super Enhanced Mode, when enabled, uses an algorithm which enhances the details and contrast of the image, while retaining the quality. This will improve the sharpness and “realness” of images immensely.

Bigscreen Beta

Bigscreen is a California-based company with an ambitious goal – make virtual-reality omnipresent while you are using your PC. It puts you in a virtual environment – a room, an office or a cinema, in which with motion controllers you use your computer on massive screens with the help of your motion controllers of choice. The app allows you to display whatever you want from your PC in whatever place or size you personally prefer.

Basically, anything you do on your PC is made possible with Bigscreen. Besides watching movies, TV shows on Netflix or Youtube, you will also be able to socialize with other people in virtual worlds, be it a house, surrounding a campfire or even hanging out in the other space! Bigscreen Beta supports cross-platform communication between Vive and Rift users, and the support for mobile VR headsets is under development as we speak.

Mobile VR Video Players

If you have an iOS phone, the app of choice for watching VR videos is Mobile VR Station, designed for virtual-reality with head tracking. While it offers a smooth watching experience, it has onemajor drawback. You can only transfer your VR content to your iPhone from iTunes, which means watching VR content from other sources like YouTube is impossible.

In the field of VR, Samsung is miles ahead of Apple. The Samsung VR app offers immersive 360 video content on daily basis, not only sports and movies action, but also some VR live concert experiences.

If you don’t own Samsung’s GearVR, but you do have a Google Cardboard or some other cheap headset, VaR’s VR Video Player is probably the best choice for you, offering a good head tracking response and supporting all video modes.

Pet Tracking – Bring your Pet to Virtual Reality

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Pet Tracking - Bring your Pet to Virtual Reality

One thing about the immersive VR experience today is that it can clash with reality in surprising ways. Let’s explore how. You set up your HTC Vive, ‘train it’ for your room, and immerse yourself in a game.

Things work very well, until your cat becomes curious about what you’re doing, and steps right in front of your legs. You, of course, can’t see it in VR, and trip over it.

This is embarrassing, and can affect your relationship with your pet

After all, you’ve already started treating it as if it were invisible.

Actually, the same thing applies to other people –  you can’t see them in VR, which is a bit of a problem, but at least other human beings know that you have a VR headset on, and that you can’t see them. The same doesn’t apply to your pet.

This can – and does – lead to accidents

Not any longer. Triangular Pixels, a game development studio, has developed ways to track your cat in VR, by strapping a jacket on your cat that contains a HTC Vive Tracker.

We are assured that the jacket is comfortable, and will not offend your cat’s sense of aesthetics.

VR Pet Tracker

Software from a studio of cat-owners

Triangular Pixels is a four-person team that make VR games, and each of whom has a cat, so it seems rather inevitable that they would develop this particular software.

It’s Karma.

But the fact that the development team themselves have cats actually assures one that the hardware and software will really work together. For example, the harness that the cat wears has been designed to easily be removed from an impatient dog or cat, or to come off if it happens to get stuck or caught somewhere.

At the same time, it’s also designed to stay on the pet through any playing or rolling around that the pet may do.

But the tracking system works

You can now see your cat while you are in VR. The system not only tracks the animal, but can also tell you what it is doing – walking or sitting down. It creates the little ‘cat avatar’ that you can see in the video.

In the next video, the cat’s avatar wanders through the corridors of ‘Unseen Diplomacy’, the studio’s recent offering. Of course, the cat is immune to lethal traps and laser trip-wires in VR.

You aren’t.

Cats are a privileged species.

Here you can see some initial footage of the device in development

Where does the tech go from here?

Well, at the moment, it’s keyed to cats. But Triangular Pixels say they have plans to modify the device to handle dogs and other pets as well.

Ultimately, Triangular Pixels hopes the device will allow children and human companions to be seen in-game – which has been rather a flaw in virtual reality since it first was developed.

Virtual Reality is still pretty much a ‘single person’ experience. Technology of the sort being developed here might one day allow us to share Virtual Reality with our friends – or even to allow us to take our pets to virtual worlds.

Pet in Virtual Reality